Certified Mental Health Coach
Before I introduce myself, I want to say THANK YOU!
Thank you for taking the time to hear my stories.
My name is Katie Anderson. I am signal mother of 4 beautiful babies. I grew up within a big family. I have 6 sisters and believe it or not I am a twin. I did not have the best up-brining. Since it's a long story I will share briefly the trauma I went through as a child. I will simply say I have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, suicide, addictions, being a teen parent, dealing with betrayal, and more.
My healing story,
My life has been full of challenges from the beginning. As a little girl my parents did not have a good relationship. My father was an alcoholic and was abusive towards my mother. My mother was a very depressed woman. When I was 7-years-old my mother died by suicide. I came home to a sight no 7-year-old should see. I was first sexually molested at 11 years old. I had 4 perpetrators by the time I was 14. I tried to speak up about it but nothing was done. It was like no one believed me, or it was somehow my fault.
As a young child I was incredibly angry. I got into drugs, drinking, fighting, and sex at a young age. Most people, maybe all people around me thought I was a bad person, a child that could not be helped. Or it was something in my head. Who knows?
At the age of 17 I became a teen mom. I dropped out of school in 11th grade and started working full time.
I can keep going but I will stop there. I will share more down the road. But the last thing I will share is when I hit rock bottom. It was 2012, I was going through a divorce. I was a struggling mom of 4 kids at 27 years old. I attempted suicide. I felt like I was the biggest failure in life. Now at that point in my life I never dealt with any of my emotions from my past trauma. In that moment when my life flashed before my eyes, I knew I could not allow my kids to feel my pain that I felt after my own mother died by suicide.
So, what did I do?
I joined all and any support group I could. Grief support groups, divorce support groups, mental health support groups, yoga classes, 1-on-1 therapy, prayer groups, read all kinds of books, worked out harder in the gym. I was hungry to heal, to gain control over my life. So, I jumped in with both feet.
All of that was great. It was about time I really dealt with my past no matter how painful it was. During all of that time of healing there was one thing that really hit me. My mind is so powerful. I have control over my mind. I am in control of my healing. For so many years I have given my past trauma the power. The power to hold me back from healing.
Being mindful of my thoughts was the key to my healing. Learning to be mindful of our thoughts take time. I will add just because we are becoming mindful of our thoughts, we then need to learn how to communicate our thoughts and feelings out loud.
This is why I became a Mental Health Coach. I know how it feels to lose yourselves in your trauma. I learned to gain the power to fight my mental battles. I have gained the tools to embrace and accept all of me. I have had the ability to learn the skills to be mindful and show myself selfcare.
Founder of Healing with Katie
Bachelors: Science Psychology Clinical Mental Health
Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, Business and Marketing Associates
CBT: (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
NLP: Practitioner Certification (Neuro-Logical Pathways)
REBT: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Certification
DBT: 3-Certifications in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Life Coach Certification
Child Relationship-Behavioral Therapy Certification
ADL and Autism Skill Training